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Topper or No topper

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Tacobane, May 15, 2024.

  1. May 15, 2024 at 10:43 AM
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    kcsyota

    kcsyota Well-Known Member

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    Very frustrating lol
     
  2. May 15, 2024 at 10:55 AM
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    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    If you have it keep it. Build out a hoist system to put it on and take it off with ease.

    Best of both worlds.
     
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  3. May 15, 2024 at 11:28 AM
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    treyus30

    treyus30 cntl-y

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    Topper Pros:
    - More comfort/weight distribution
    - Better gas mileage
    - Privacy

    Cons:
    - Have to remove to carry anything tall or wide
    - Visibility
    - Sauna in summer
    - Why didn't you buy a 4Runner?

    Foldable/rollable tonneau cover is the best of both worlds imo, and you can buy 5 for the price of selling your topper
     
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  4. May 15, 2024 at 11:33 AM
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    Tacobane

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    Thanks for the feedback! I sprayed my topper with a product called Raptor liner. You can find it on Amazon and it comes with everything you need, including a spray gun. All you need to do is prep your topper and have a compressor handy for the paint gun
     
  5. May 15, 2024 at 2:12 PM
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    THatt

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    Hard to believe you are asking for feedback since you already own one. Those shells sell from $200-500 depending on condition around here from what I’ve seen. You let it go, it’s gone. I’ve got a hard shell tonneau ($300ish off Amazon and great) and a hitch haul (tractor supply cheap but works fine). Had a bed tool box before that and still got it. Just got a cover. The reason is because the dang 1st gen bed is only 15” deep. Hard tonneau secures great with locking tailgate handle but a 2 night motel hunting trip and I can hardly get my junk in there much less my son’s stuff. And heck no with a soft tonneau where a knife gets access to your stuff. Hitch haul adds a little more hauling capacity but you’ll have to deal with getting over it to the bed stuff. So I got a shell. Security to the point a thief has to bust something loud and more room, not to mention it’s in the dry. It works for me, not my daily driver. Just depends on what you use your truck for. They look fine to my eye but I ain't running an 3”-6” lift and monster tires. All these guys adamant about one way or the other are speaking from their truck use. Figure it out.
     
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  6. May 16, 2024 at 11:35 AM
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    TacoLolo

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    Man that looks like a pro job, very impressive! Flares, hood, and valance as well? I wouldn’t even attempt that, good on ya and thanks for the info. Those tires/rims look mental!
     
  7. May 16, 2024 at 12:48 PM
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    finslayer83

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    Mine came with an ARE, sold it the first week.

    Handles much better, if I find the need for one for camping purposes I'll snag a soft topper.

    IMG_8321.jpg
     
  8. May 16, 2024 at 2:15 PM
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    Kevins60

    Kevins60 axle wrap tells me my rear brakes are working

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    Had a topper when I bought it in 2019, could not wait to get rid of it.IMG_0220.jpg

    I went with this snap on tonneau from Lund.

    IMG_0233.jpg

    It’s a matter of personal taste.
     
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  9. May 16, 2024 at 3:50 PM
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    Gen1andDone

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    I ran a shell for the majority of my ownership. Being in the trades it allowed me to keep my tools in the truck pretty much full time, protected from the weather and opportunists. Never had a break in. It was also a comfortable space for my dog. When going to the snow it was nice to have some covered space with room to get gear on and off.

    I decided to try without it for awhile, and it never went back on. Mostly because the paint had started looking bad, I didn't want to invest in a repaint, and it wasn't something I could put on and off easily or by myself. So it sat in my yard until I got tired of looking at it, basically gave it away. I do miss having a shell, I've even considered getting another but not for what I see people asking. The shell I had was only $450 (used) and just as nice, if not nicer than what I see listed for around a grand.
     

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